Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Games of NoBoG 2015


The Game List 2015


After much counting and compilation we have a list of the games that were played at NoBoG in 2015. The list is by no means exhaustive, but should be pretty close - and the total number of plays is by no means perfect, but again, fairly close with an error margin that will go up and never down ( ie the number of plays you see is the minimum number of times those games have been spotted ). Filler game count error margin is higher than non fillers ( fillers tend to go under the radar ).

Lastly it should be said the game count is the number of times the games are present in an evening, not the total number of plays they get. So, something like Vampire that gets played a half dozen times in one evening on one table is counted as 1.

The Top 10 ( ish )

#1Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride - 15 plays

A bit of a cheat with this one depending how you count it. There have been a dizzying number of Ticket to Ride variants played, but they've all been counted as Ticket to Ride. So you can either think of TtR as being number one, or divide the number by five or so and spread it out amongst a whole range of TtR maps.
#2,3Castles of Mad King Ludwig & Werewolf

Castles of Mad King Ludwig / One Night Ultimate Werewolf - 13 plays

Castles is arguably the No.1 popular NoBoG game. Not a huge surprise given it's had multiple weeks that have seen multiple tables of it being played simultaneously.

Werewolf has likely been played more often than recorded here, and if you count the number of times in an evening it has been played then it would win hands down as the most played game at NoBoG.
#4,5,6Avalon, Dead of Winter & Lords of Waterdeep

Resistance Avalon / Dead of Winter / Lords of Waterdeep - 11 plays

A no brainer for Resistance, just trailing its filler buddy Werewolf.


Lords of Waterdeep is another (inexplicably ??) popular game so no surprise.


The surprise here for me is Dead of Winter landing way up the charts and getting repeated plays. It's a cool game, but really that cool ? NoBoG certainly thinks so.

#7Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill - 10 plays

The game that refuses to die. Betrayal has been very popular for more than 2 years at NoBoG now.

In terms of bang for buck this game wildly delivers - and its count should be higher if you count multiple plays in one evening.

#8,9,10,11Guillotine, Vegas, Smash Up, Takenoko

Guillotine, Lords of Vegas, Smash Up, Takenoko - 8 plays

The filler Guillotine saw its popularity quickly rise at NoBoG once it did the rounds - it was a bit of a dark horse for a while with only Tim bringing it along occasionally. Now it's much more common.

Lords of Vegas continues to do a fair trade in plays, easy, non taxing, and always an option, Smash Up has seen multiple plays - mostly via Lewis I think

And Takenoko is always hovering in the periphery, a great game for newbies or those that just want to kick back and relax a bit.

The Data

And here is the full list of games and their plays. Caverna did really well in 2015, and the crazy extra time at the Mash Tun has seen the long playing Game of Thrones leap up the charts. Classic Alhambra makes a good showing for itself - the most played old school euro ( ignore TtR ) at NoBoG.

Ticket to Ride15
Castles of Mad King Ludwig13
One Night Ultimate Werewolf13
Avalon Resistance11
Dead of Winter11
Lords of Waterdeep11
Betrayal at house on the hill10
Guillotine8
Lords of Vegas8
Smash Up8
Takenoko8
Caverna7
Colt Express7
Sechs Nimmt7
Game of Thrones6
Unfeeling Creatures6
Alchemists5
Alhambra5
Blood Rage5
Imperial Settlers5
Lewis and Clark5
Lifeboats5
Machi Koro5
Marvel Legendary5
Orctions5
Powergrid5
Seven Wonders5
Archipelago4
Cauldron4
Divinare4
Galaxy Truckers4
Imperial Assault4
Isle of Skye4
Keyflower4
King of Tokyo4
Linko4
Love Letter4
Munchkin4
Pickomino4
Saboteur 24
Scoville4
Sherriff of Nottingham4
Small World4
Spyfall4
Steam4
Tragedy Looper4
Agricola3
Battlestar Galactica3
Blood Bowl Team Manager3
Boss Monster3
Cash and Guns3
Cheaty Mages3
Codenames3
Concordia3
Cthulu Wars3
Cyclades3
Dark Moon3
Dixit3
Dominion3
Get Bit3
Mafia de Cuba3
Mission Red Planet3
On Her Majestys Service3
Pillars of the Earth3
Port Royal3
Room 253
Sons of Anarchy3
Spectre Ops3
Steampunk Rally3
Suburbia3
Terra Mystica3
Wurfhel Bohnanza3
XCOM3
Ankh Morpork2
Arcadia Quest2
Artificium2
Battletech2
Bring out yer dead2
Broom Service2
Camel Up2
Carcassonne2
Champions of Midgard2
Chaos in the Old World2
China2
Cosmic Encounter2
Descent 22
Eclipse2
Epic Spell Wars2
Epic Spell Wars 22
Firefly2
Five Tribes2
Forbidden Desert2
Forbidden Stars2
Fury of Dracula2
Galaxy M1012
Hansa Teutonica2
Harbour2
Inkognito2
Kingdom Builder2
Kingsburg2
Luchador2
Legendary Encounters2
Libertalia2
Mice & Mystics2
Nations2
Pandemic2
Powerboats2
Ra2
Resistance2
Robinson Crusoe2
Roll for the Galaxy2
Run, Fight or Die2
Settlers of Catan2
Tichu2
Two Rooms and a Boom2
Tzol'kin2
Ultimate One Night Vampire2
15 Dias1
A New Dawn1
Alien Frontiers1
All Creatures Big and Small1
Animal upon Animal1
Aquasphere1
Ascension1
Atta Ants1
Bang! 1
Beanfeast1
Blockade Runner1
Burgle Bros.1
Cards against Humanity1
Castle Panic1
Castles of Burgundy1
Chinatown1
Churchill1
Citadels1
Cockroach poker1
Coup1
Cuba Libre1
Dominant Species1
Dream Factory1
Due Fuegger1
Eight Minute Empire1
Elder Sign1
Elysium1
Entdecker1
Escape - The curse of the temple1
Fire in the Lake1
Flaschenteufel1
Flick em Up1
Fluxx1
Formula 11
Formula De1
Francis Drake1
Franks Zoo1
Game of Thrones LCG1
Ghost Blitz1
Hamsterrolle1
Hoyuk1
Istanbul1
Kemet1
Kingdom Death Monster1
Le Petit Prince1
Lewis and Clark - Discoveries1
Loopin Louie1
Loot Letter1
Lords of Vegas1
Luna1
Marco Polo1
Marvel Legendary Villains1
Monty Python Fluxx1
Myrmes1
Mysterium1
Nations the Dice Game1
New Dawn1
Nexus Ops1
Notre Dame1
Ora et Labora1
Panamax1
Pax Pamir1
Pax Porfirana1
Planes1
Puerto Rico1
Quartermaster General1
Qwirkle1
Rally Man1
Red Dragon Inn1
Robot Robot1
Rokoko1
Scotland Yard1
Seasons1
Shadows of the Elder Gods1
Skull and Roses1
Sky Traders1
Smash Up - Munchkin1
Snake Oil1
Steampunk Munchkin1
Study in Emerald1
Super Motherload1
Sushi Go1
Taj Mahal1
The Grizzled1
Thief of Baghdad1
Thunderbirds1
Thunderstone1
Tiny Epic Kingdoms1
Torres1
Trains : Rising Sun1
Video Game High School1
Voyages of Marco Polo1
Waggle Dance1
Witness1
Xenoshyft Onslaught1
Zendo1
Zombicide1


2 comments:

Elliot Symonds said...

You are a GOD sir.

Minitrue said...

Ha ! It'd be much easier if that were true.

I should've mentioned there were some 520 odd recorded game sessions, which, herp a derp, makes about 10 games a week on average which sounds about the right ballpark given that some of them are quick fillers, some tables get through three different games, some tables just get one.

Things like XCOM appeared when first released then sank without trace. Other games show a much more measured longevity.